Our Trustees

Philip Lord (Chairman)

A resident of the Ribble Valley for over 40 years, Philip has detailed knowledge of the Hodder catchment and plays an active part in the local community (recently awarded Highly Commended in the Forest of Bowland AONB’s Anniversary awards for Outstanding Contribution).  Philip’s working life was the development and management of a highly successful building and maintenance company, which he sold and retired from in 2007.   He was also the President of the National Federation of Painting Contractors, and Chairman of Rochdale Round Table.  Over 40 years Philip developed a renowned woodland garden with a variety of woodland plants and species, within which he held successful open days raising funds for Charity (this open day has now been taken on by his family and includes “Art in the Garden”).  Philip was also vice-chair of The Rivers Trust, the national umbrella body for the movement of rivers trusts until 2014.  His business acumen provides vital skills and experience in all aspects of senior management of an organisation, as well as having experience in charity management and fund raising.

Vince Edmondson (Vice Chairman)

Vince lives in the lower Ribble area, where he was brought up.  He has significant knowledge of the whole of the catchment, but particularly the lower part of the Ribble.  Vince has held many positions in different companies from Granada Television to Quality Director at Nova Scotia Transmission, recently he retired as CEO of a successful local company in 2008.  He continues to have business and community interests with a range of organisations.  This includes community activities such horticultural and conservation activities with the local church and school, as well as being a Trustee of The Rivers Trust.  His business management skills, as well as local knowledge, provide an important skill set to Ribble Trust.

Alan Rowntree (Treasurer)

A resident of the Ribble Valley, Alan has intimate knowledge of the River Ribble from Clitheroe to Long Preston.  Alan’s professional career was as an accountant in practice and he retired as a senior partner from Beever and Struthers, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in 2012.  He now works as a part-time consultant for the firm.  Alan’s experience and knowledge of financial management and accounting extend beyond business and he has extensive knowledge of charity accounts.  In addition to being a trustee of RRT he is a trustee of two other charitable trusts.  He was the part-time Bursar of Blackburn Cathedral for 25 years and was honoured with an MBE in recognition.

Dominic Bradley

Dom is currently a senior consultant at an international firm and specialises in flood defence project management.  A local resident of Longridge, he was previously a committee member of Longridge cricket club, including a role focusing on fund raising and engaging the local community.  Dom provides vital project management, construction and river management skills to the Trust.

Jeff Cowburn

Jeff is a local resident of the Ribble Valley and has lived, worked and enjoyed the area all of his life.  Jeff brings a range of skill sets from his professional life, starting out as an apprentice in an engineering firm, and worked through the ranks before he became the CEO of Training 2000 (a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity).  Training 2000 has trained thousands of apprentices and employees of major national and international companies.  Training 2000 employed and continues to employ 300 hundred employees.  Jeff has also been a magistrate, Director of Learning and Skills Council Lancashire, and a member of the Learning and Skills Council national funding advisory committee.  In addition, Jeff has been involved in a number of other charities, with a particular emphasis on young people and the arts.  Jeff’s extensive charity management skills and experience from operational structures to charity governance, combined with a passion for encouraging learning and natural environment (particularly local rivers), provides a key niche skill complementing the range of other skills within the Board of Trustees.

Mike Horner

Mike was brought up around Settle and worked for Whitbread’s Brewery as a chemist before retiring.  Mike has extensive local knowledge, especially the upper part of the river.  He is a chartered chemist and brings both his local knowledge and water chemistry skills to the Trust, providing excellent resources.  Mike has been a trustee of a number of local charities and is an officer and committee member of the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association, as well as having been an officer for a number of national conservation organisations.

Harvey Marchbank

A founding trustee of Ribble Trust, Harvey was a volunteer project manager for the Trust until 2006.  Harvey’s background in project management and construction, as well as a detailed knowledge of both Lancashire and Yorkshire parts of the Ribble catchment provide a valuable asset to the Trust.

Dave Wilmot

Dave became a Trustee of Ribble Trust in 2009.  Born and brought up in Clitheroe, he spent many years walking and fishing the rivers and streams of the central Ribble Catchment.  Dave is a precision engineer at an international engineering and manufacturing company.  He has been secretary a large local angling club, committee member & instructor of Clitheroe Canoe Club and acted as a mentor for the unemployed through Prince’s Trust.  His local geographic and community knowledge combined with his logical and engineering approach are a significant asset to Ribble Trust.

Mike Ellacott

Mike Ellacott is a keen canoeist and has explored many of the tidal rivers in the UK. He joined ICI as a Physicist and held various positions in Research, Production Management, Sales and Marketing. On retiring from ICI he founded Enterprise For All (E4A) which provided Business skills to more than 3000 students across the UK. This experience is now being used to help advance the Educational aspects of the Trust’s activities.

John Bleasdale

John lives in Barton. He has practised law as a solicitor for over 40 years. His experience includes being a Senior Crown Prosecutor, a partner in private practice and  Legal Director of TNT UK Limited. Maintaining the health of the river Ribble and its’ tributaries is in all our interests. He is privileged to be part of the Trust. He enjoys limited success whilst occasionally trying his hand fishing.